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  • Grand Illusionby Theresa Amato

    New Press, The 2009; US$ 27.95

    As the national campaign manager for Ralph Nader?s historic runs for president in 2000 and 2004, Theresa Amato had a rare ringside role in two of the most hotly contested presidential elections this country has seen. In Grand Illusion, she gives us a witty, thoughtful critique of the American electoral system, as well as a powerful argument for opening... more...

  • Basic Interestsby Frank R. Baumgartner; Beth L. Leech

    Princeton University Press 1998; US$ 35.00

    A generation ago, scholars saw interest groups as the single most important element in the American political system. Today, political scientists are more likely to see groups as a marginal influence compared to institutions such as Congress, the presidency, and the judiciary. Frank Baumgartner and Beth Leech show that scholars have veered from one... more...

  • Hidden Powerby Charles Derber

    Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2005; US$ 14.95

    Political parties and elections are increasingly political theatre, with real power hidden behind a smokescreen of propaganda, carefully manipulated cultural and religious wars, and voting rituals. But there is another kind of hidden power in America: the grassroots social movements working for progressive change. If the Democratic Party can ally with... more...

  • Climbing the Hillby HERBERT FOERSTEL; KAREN FOERSTEL

    ABC-CLIO 1996; US$ 122.00

    Climbing the Hill explores the history and current status of women members and staff on Capitol Hill. It traces the difficult history of women in Congress, their slow and painful path to political power and their hopes and fears of today. It presents a comprehensive analysis of women's success at the polls and within the congressional hierarchy?legislatively,... more...

  • Citizen Democracyby Stephen E. Frantzich

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2008; US$ 28.99

    Through a series of carefully chosen vignettes, Stephen E. Frantzich portrays citizens from every walk of life-rich and poor, old and young, black and white, male and female, left and right, famous and obscure engaged in extraordinary civic activity. Their causes run the gamut from civil rights to flag burning, from the Internet to the environment-but... more...

  • Partisan Bondsby Jeffrey D. Grynaviski

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 24.00

    Argues that voters rely on partisan cues because party brand names provide credible information about how politicians are likely to act in office. more...

  • Boundaries of Obligation in American Politicsby Cara J. Wong

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 23.00

    Based on analysis of three types of communities and eight national surveys, this book examines how people's definition of community shapes their views on governmental redistributive policies. more...

  • The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introductionby Donald A. Ritchie

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 9.99

    Many scholars believe that the framers of the Constitution intended Congress to be the preeminent branch of government. Indeed, no other legislature in the world approaches its power. Yet most Americans have only a murky idea of how it works. In The U.S. Congress, Donald A. Ritchie, a congressional historian for more than thirty years, takes readers... more...

  • Common Sense Governmentby Al Gore; Bill Clinton; Philip K. Howard

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 19.00

    The federal government is ailing and needs a cure. The cure lies in embracing a principle long known to the American people but little recognized by Washington - until now: common sense. In this pathbreaking report, Vice President Al Gore, presiding over the National Performance Review, at the request of President Clinton, charts a fundamental shift... more...

  • Federalismby Darrell J. Kozlowski

    Infobase Publishing 2010; US$ 54.00

    Federalism is a system of government in which the powers are shared between state and federal governments. Originating as the Albany Plan of Union by Benjamin Franklin in 1754, federalism has become a controversial issue throughout American history, as politicians and lawmakers continue to argue over which level of government should have more authority.... more...